William Harvey: Discoverer of How Blood Circulates

William Harvey: Discoverer of How Blood Circulates

by Lisa Yount
     
 

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William Harvey showed the world that the heart was actually a pump, and that blood circulates throughout the body. It was one of the great advances in the history of science. Harvey learned much of life science by dissecting the bodies of people who had died. He discovered that the heart was a muscle that squeezes blood the way a fist can squeeze juice from an orange.… See more details below

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William Harvey showed the world that the heart was actually a pump, and that blood circulates throughout the body. It was one of the great advances in the history of science. Harvey learned much of life science by dissecting the bodies of people who had died. He discovered that the heart was a muscle that squeezes blood the way a fist can squeeze juice from an orange.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-This biography relates the main events in Harvey's life (1578-1657), provides a brief explanation of early theories of circulation, and makes clear the importance of his discovery. Written in a strong, terse style, the narrative discusses both what is known to have happened to the man, and what may have occurred according to other accounts of the time. Quotes-many from Geoffrey Keynes's The Life of William Harvey (Oxford, 1966; o.p.), Harvey himself, and his contemporaries-include explanations of unfamiliar usage. Black-and-white reproductions of portraits, medical diagrams, and bookplates are scattered throughout. G. Whitteridge's William Harvey and the Circulation of the Blood (Elsevier, 1970; o.p.) devotes a chapter to the man's life and the rest of the book to his theories and writings. A well-documented and interesting effort.-Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766018761
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1901
Series:
Great Minds of Science Series
Edition description:
UPDATED
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.62(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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